Prosecutors call on new Bulger judge to uphold immunity decision - New York News

Prosecutors call on new Bulger judge to uphold immunity decision

Posted: Updated:

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Federal prosecutors are asking the judge presiding over James "Whitey" Bulger's trial to uphold a previous court decision that would prevent Bulger's attorneys from using an immunity defense.

In court documents filed on Monday, prosecutors formally submitted their opposition to Bulger's motion calling for his new trial judge to overturn the ruling on immunity previously made by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns.

Prosecutors claim Bulger has not provided any detail regarding when he made an immunity deal with former U.S. Attorney Jeremiah O'Sullivan or cited a case in which immunity was decided by a jury. They also claim Bulger has not pointed out anything that is "legally incorrect" with Judge Stearns's immunity opinion.

The prosecutors further claim Bulger has continually recycled "previously rejected arguments" and attacked public servants.

"Indeed, Bugler's defense has become nothing more than a game of legal 'whack-a-mole,'" says the memorandum filed by prosecutors.

Judge Stearns was removed from the case in March after critics claimed his background as a former federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias. Judge Denise Casper has since been tapped to preside over the trial.

Shortly after Judge Stearns's removal, Bulger's lawyers asked Judge Casper to overturn his ruling which bars Bulger from using his claim of immunity as a defense.

The 83-year-old reputed mob boss, who claims he is an FBI informant, is scheduled to stand trial in June for his alleged role in 19 killings.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:59:11 GMT
    The New York City Department of Health will be conducting a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday.  They are testing the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, on the city.
    The New York City Department of Health will be conducting a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday.  They are testing the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, on the city.
  • Woman claims mayor exposed himself to her

    Woman claims mayor exposed himself to her

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:19:37 GMT
    An administrative assistant at East Haven Town hall has filed a complaint against the mayor, alleging he exposed himself to her as part of a pattern of sexual harassment.
    An administrative assistant at East Haven Town hall has filed a complaint against the mayor, alleging he exposed himself to her as part of a pattern of sexual harassment.
  • Shooting at NJ Transit station

    Shooting at NJ Transit station

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:36:28 GMT
    Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning.  It apparently happened around 4:30 a.m. The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.
    Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning.  It apparently happened around 4:30 a.m. The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices